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    [John Quincy Adams] and [Mexican War]. Francis Baylies Three (3) Autograph Letters Signed including: Francis Baylies ALS, three integral pages, 8" x 10", Taunton [Massachusetts], March 11, 1848, to General John E. Wool, commanding the Army of Occupation in Monterrey, Mexico, shortly after the death of Adams. It is apparent that Baylies is not a fan of Adams, saying: "The remains of John Quincy Adams...[is] making a...march to New England. The dead statesman the concentrated essence of selfishness and malignity although learned and occasionally wise oftener absurd, is now all that is great and wise and good...I will say this of John Q, He attacked the dead more often that he did the living." Of the latest news from the war (Mexican War), he writes: "Out last intelligence from Washington is that Trists Treaty [Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo] will be ratified to day with modifications! There is a report that [Winfield] Scott has arrested the Court Martial appointed to be him! What will come next...If you have been thrown under the immediate command of Scott, you would have scalded your mouth, but old Rough & Ready is cool and sensible...therefore you passed through the fiery ordeal unscathed..." [and:] Francis Baylies ALS. Two integral pages, 8" x 10", Taunton, March 12, 1848, to Gen. Wool: "The Treaty with modifications was adopted by the Senate 38 to 15 on Friday evening...I wish there was a telegraph from here to Mexico! Some Whigs and some Democrats condemn this Treaty but peace has a sweet sound for a while..But what think you of the manner in which this Treaty has been effected! Senor Don Nicholas Trist has been disgraced, recalled...by his own Government yet he says virtually to Squire Polk - you may kiss my axxxx I'll make a Treaty in spite of you and you shall take it...Trist is the great Pacificator and Polk his messenger!" Of Adams he writes: "Yesterday the remains of John Quincy Adams were committed to the natal earth of Quincy." [and:] Francis Baylies ALS. Two integral pages, 8" x 10", Taunton, March 15, 1848, to Gen. Wool, again regarding Adams: "John Quincy Adams has been waked a great feast was held at the Revere House...which was given to the Committee who attended Mr Adams's remains, and speeches were made...I can compare to nothing but farce after tragedy, but Boston you know has always been famous for funerals and folies [sic], feasting and fasting, fighting and peace-making."

    All three letters show some age toning and light staining; two of the three are slightly damaged from opening at the wax seal, remnants of which are still present. Francis Baylies (1783-1852) was twice elected to Congress and authored a book on General Wool's campaign in Mexico during the Mexican War.


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